Things couldn’t be going much better for Alex Malzone and Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) Brother Rice. The Warriors’ quest for a fourth consecutive state championship continued Friday evening with a 28-20 victory over Orchard Lake St. Mary’s to push their record to 6-0. Malzone set school records for yardage (419) and completions (29) and tossed four touchdowns. That took his season totals to 107/165 for 1719 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Simply put, Malzone and his current team are on fire.
His future team is not.
Michigan’s struggles on the field this season had already generated a great deal of negative buzz. It got exponentially worse last week when a concussed Shane Morris was put back on the football field. Now the talk of an uncertain future for the coaching staff is at an all-time high.
“I’ve been seeing all this stuff on Twitter. Obviously, Michigan has taken a pretty big hit from all of the stuff that happened Saturday and then just their performance this year hasn’t been what they want it to be. I’ve been talking to Coach Hoke and talking to the coaches and some of the players… they’re pretty determined to make it back on the field Saturday versus Rutgers. I feel that they’re working hard and once they start winning some games all this will start to die down and then go away.”
That hasn’t stopped other college coaches from reaching out to him, though.
To date the talented gunslinger has declined all visit invitations from schools other than Michigan. The same can’t be said for many of his fellow Wolverine commitments.
“Just from talking to them… I know we have ten commits now… all of us want to play for Coach Hoke,” Malzone stated. “We want to play under Coach Hoke and some other guys are thinking about taking some visits after… how Michigan has played this year and how some stuff has been handled off the field. They pretty much said that they are thinking about taking other visits and if Coach Hoke gets fired… that it would definitely change some things for them and change their recruitment. We’ll see what happens. We don’t have control over that. We’re all still committed to Michigan and backing Michigan. We’ll see what happens.”
“Chris Clark and Garrett Taylor both said that they are going to be taking other visits and then some other guys said they are thinking about taking other visits. They’re not too sure yet or they haven’t planned any yet.”
Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence Central LB Darrin Kirkland is visiting Notre Dame this week. Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech RB Mike Weber has gone public with his intention to take trips. There’s just one way to stem the tide according to Malzone.
“I think they just want to see Michigan win some games. They want to see Michigan win and what happens with Coach Hoke.”
In the meantime Malzone plans to keep doing what he has been doing… winning on the football field, and recruiting off of it.
“Marcus Lewis actually called me and we actually talked a little bit about Michigan and what’s been going on,” he said. “I stay in contact with Auden Tate. Some other guys that Michigan has been recruiting.”